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Dr. Candi Jump and family
Dr. Candi Jump and family 
Photo provided by Emily McGinnis Photography

“I grew up on the Jersey Shore, but probably not the Jersey Shore you are thinking of,” laughs Candi Jump, pediatric gastroenterologist at MUSC Children’s Health. While slightly joking about her New Jersey connections with her persona of calm and casual, anyone who has a child with GI issues knows that she is a very serious and accomplished physician when caring for these children.

Having been at MUSC and in Charleston now for three years, Dr. Jump could not imagine a more perfect setting for her and her family. She always knew she wanted to teach on some level and proudly states, “I come from a family of teachers – my mom, sister, and aunt are all in education, and I knew that my career choice would involve teaching. My role at MUSC Children’s Health has allowed me to do just that.”

“Working at MUSC in pediatric healthcare has given me the opportunity to give back to the next generation of physicians. I can be a mentor, as well as closely involved in academic medicine at the same time. I also love caring for kids and always knew pediatrics would be my path in medical school. Now, as the program director of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition Fellowship Program, I have the opportunity ability to fulfill all of my passions.”

When she is not running around after her kids on the beach or treating patients at MUSC, Candi is not afraid to explore all of the adventures Charleston has to offer. One week, it may be Charleston Power Yoga, the next it’s surfing, or maybe checking out the newest “place to be” on James Island with friends. One thing is certain — Candi Jump knows how to soak up the sun and enjoy an active lifestyle in the Lowcountry. When asked how she envisions a perfect Saturday in Charleston she smiles and says, “That’s easy; morning yoga, brunch with the family, and a day on the beach – it doesn’t get much better than that.”

While fun in the sun is important, Candi is very serious about her role as a physician. She completed her residency and chief residency at the University of Connecticut in Hartford. She then went on to complete her training as a fellow in pediatric GI at the world famous, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. After training, she opted for a closer-knit academic center in a desirable location. MUSC Children’s Health in Charleston fit the bill, and the rest is history.

Candi and her husband, an avid surfer and surf artist on James Island, love the coastal life of the Lowcountry. The family can often be found hanging beach side at Folly with their two kids, Cooper and Ruby, and their rescue lab, Moose. With two toddlers and a dog in tow, Candi is never sitting still for too long. Her office is filled with images of small kids and the beach, illustrating her life as a mother and wife. As a physician, her life is equally fulfilling as evidenced when she speaks of the children she treats and the other physicians with whom she is privileged to work. 

“What I value most about what I do at MUSC Children’s Health is the impact that our pediatric GI group has in this community. There is such a large need for pediatric GI providers in the state, and I enjoy working with such an accomplished group of physicians who are passionate about what they do.”

Candi Jump is among that group of passionate doctors and we are very glad the beaches of Charleston charmed this incredible physician away from the Jersey Shore.  

With the start of our new year, July 1, 2014, MUSC Health welcomes an array of new physicians. Many of these doctors will start in July while others actually begin accepting patients during August and September. MUSC Health is proud that our reputation has made us the choice of our 70 new doctors. Our new physicians are dedicated to Changing What’s Possible in Healthcare.

If you need a Primary Care physician we have several new choices for you. You may search for a doctor in our Find a Doctor tool or you can call our helpful representatives at 843-792-1414. They will assist you in finding primary care doctor close to you. We have both new Family Medicine doctors and new Internal Medicine doctors for you to choose from.

We also welcome new physicians in many specialties including:
• Nephrology
• Cardiology
• Orthopaedics
• Neurosurgery
• Ophthalmology
• Endocrinology
Use our online form to request an appointment with any of the MUSC Physicians you find on our site.

Whatever your needs, MUSC Health offers physicians in every area to assist in your diagnosis and care. For more about MUSC Health visit our web site.

Stephanie Davey

Certified Athletic Trainer

MUSC Sports Medicine

Athletes of all ages can benefit from sports performance training, but at what age should a youth athlete start?  Programs can be developed for all ages and levels and should be tailored to the physical and emotional level of each athlete.  The benefits of sports performance training include increased athletic skill, proprioception development, and injury prevention.  However, program development needs to take in to consideration a youth athlete’s developing body.

As each youth develops at a different rate there is no way to put a definite number on an appropriate age to begin strength and performance training.  Studies have shown that at around age 7 or 8, balance and postural controls skills mature to adult level.   Growth- related factors such as open growth plates and periods of adolescent growth as well as intrinsic factors like height, joint laxity, inflexibility, and muscle imbalances need to be taken into consideration when deciding if a youth is ready to start a performance program.  Youths who have multiple risk factors should not be pushed into a strengthening program before the risk factors are addressed.  Precautions such as limiting the amount of weight lifted and decreasing repetitions should be taken. Focus should be on proper technique and safety.   Also, including a variety of drills and exercises decreases the chance of an overuse injury and keeps youth athletes more attentive during the session. A large part of a performance program should be focused on proper mechanics.  Correct mechanics make athletes more efficient and efficiency increases an athlete’s skill level and decreases injuries.   Multiple footwork drills should be included into a program, as well as, incorporating sports specific drills.

Athletes of all ages should also be given an adequate amount of time off in between seasons and off-season training program.  This not only gives any injuries time to heal, it also allows for mental rest.   Time off helps prevent burnout and helps to decrease injuries throughout the season.  The amount of time off depends on the length of the season but should be at least one to two weeks.  During this time off, athletes should address any injuries that occurred during the season. 

Today Dakota Seabrook seems like your average teen-age high school student - playing video games, shooting hoops and acquiring an impressive collection of athletic shoes.  But Dakota's path to this role is anything but average. For most of his life, Dakota has suffered from the debilitating pain crises associated with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD).  In 2012 though, he participated in a clinical trial at MUSC for treatment of SCD that has changed his life.  This treatment consists of bone marrow transplant from unrelated donors and it has the potential to actually cure SCD.  Watch Dakota's inspiring story in this video. Dakota Seabrook  A Second Chance


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